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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Little Mermaid in Theatres

Ottawa Animation Festival

Adults $12, Children (12 and under) $8

Without having seen the film in over a decade, when we first talked about screening The Little Mermaid, my mind went to Ariel’s flowing hair in water, her haunting singing as Ursula steal’s her voice, and a whole era of Disney films that would soon be an entire generation’s video tape collection. Based on a more morose fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid tells the story of a dissatisfied sixteen-year-old mermaid that makes a Faustian bargain with an evil sea witch. Ron Clements and John Musker adapted the tale, finding inspiration in Alyssa Milano, Sally Ride and Alexis Carrington.

The film marked the start of the Disney Renaissance, with increasingly successful films to follow like Beauty and the Beast(1991) and the Lion King (1994). As it celebrates its 25th anniversary at the Ottawa International Animation Festival, we’ll walk away with an “Under the Sea” earworm and remembering a very important message from Sebastian, “The seaweed is always greener in someone else’s lake.”

Note: Saturday September 20th screening will include a quick question and answer period with the Directors.

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